Pep: ‘Everyone’ supports Liverpool in PL title race

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Pep Guardiola says the entire world is supporting Liverpool of their quest for the quadruple after Manchester Metropolis moved three factors clear on the high of the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Newcastle United.

Metropolis’s snug victory on the Etihad Stadium on Sunday coupled with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday means Guardiola’s workforce want simply seven factors from their final three video games to make sure of a fourth title in 5 years.

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Liverpool are nonetheless making an attempt to realize the unprecedented feat of successful the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the identical season and Guardiola has steered everyone seems to be in opposition to Metropolis’s bid to thwart it.

“Everybody on this nation helps Liverpool, the media and everybody,” mentioned the Metropolis supervisor. “After all, as a result of Liverpool has an unbelievable historical past behind in European competitors — not in Premier Leagues, as a result of they’ve received one in 30 years — nevertheless it’s not an issue in any respect.

“Liverpool, alongside [Manchester] United, it is probably the most well-known workforce, with what they’ve completed in historical past — by way of titles, legacy, historical past, dramas, for a lot of, many issues.

“However we’re, for the final 10, 11, 12 years, coming there. I do know we’re generally uncomfortable, however I do not care. The individuals need Liverpool to win greater than us; it is not a difficulty. It is regular. Possibly they’ve extra supporters all around the globe and in England perhaps extra help Liverpool than us.”

Metropolis face Wolves on Wednesday and Guardiola is having to take care of a defensive damage disaster forward of the journey to Molineux.

Kyle Walker and John Stones each missed the win over Newcastle and are usually not anticipated to play once more this season. Ruben Dias, in the meantime, went off at half-time with a muscle downside and can also be set to overlook the remaining three video games.

It leaves Guardiola with simply Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake, who’s carrying an ankle downside, for the ultimate three video games in opposition to Wolves, West Ham United and Aston Villa.

“Now we have 13.5 gamers as a result of Nathan isn’t in excellent situation,” Guardiola mentioned. “Ruben, Kyle and John are out for the season. On this scenario it is not an issue. Rodri can play there, Fernandino can play there and we have now the academy. Everybody has to do further.

“Now we have 13.5 gamers for these video games and everybody has to do increasingly to assist our absences. We arrive with issues and that is all.”

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